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First United Methodist Church of Dothan Dr. James B. Sanders lll, Senior Pastor l October 20, 2016

WELCOMING New Members and Maria Shelor

Last Sunday, George and Gloria Jeffcoat led our fine Inviting Team as they welcomed a wonderful group of new members into our church family. Their pictures along with that of Maria Shelor are below. Maria recently joined our

church staff as our part-time Assistant Director of Respite Care Ministry. On October 24th, our Respite Care Ministry will expand from two to four days per week. Let’s welcome Maria and all our new members!

Rachel and Chad Barrentine Jackson and James

Carter and Adam Dozier

Bob and Mary Sue Hall Sydney Catherine

Cassie and Cade Hovey Avery and Mac

Heath and Melodye Maxwell Bronner

Katie and Drew Sarrels William Andrew

Mary Katherine and Dakota Smith

Maria Shelor Assistant Director Respite Care

Koty and Yahnna (Nursery)

Livestream of our Sanctuary services is available on our website Sunday mornings at 8:55 and 11:00.

Sunday Morning Worship I First Light Chapel Communion 8:15 I Sanctuary 8:55 and 11:00 l The Bridge 8:55

No one can do everything but everyone can do something.

gifts of hope MISSIONS FAIR

On Sunday, November 6, from 9 to 12 the Missions Committee will hold a missions fair in the halls near the Parlor. The event started last year and the idea grew out of a church-wide study that our congregation participated in called “Christmas Is Not Your Birthday.” We have invited mission minded groups from our community and church to participate. We will set up tables and representatives will be available to provide information about their ministry. Adopt-a-School Baked Blessings, FUMC Block Party, FUMC Church Party, FUMC Communities of Transformation Dothan Rescue Mission

These are some wonderful ministries that spread the gospel of Jesus and the making of disciples in many different ways. Our goal is for you to have the opportunity to volunteer, make donations, and to learn about the many ways that our church and community reach out for Christ. You may make donations in memory of or in honor of a loved one. What a special way to create a memory right here at home. Some of the groups invited include:

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Flower Ministry, FUMC Gideons In Christ’s Name, FUMC Mama Howell’s House Meals on Wheels Respite Care Salvation Army

CHILDREN Sunday, October 23 • Rock Solid, Kids Korner, 9:20 • Sunday Morning Life Groups, 10:00 • UMKF, Children’s Music, and Snack Supper, 4:30 to 6:00 Wednesday, October 26 • WACKY and SonShine Time, 3:30 to 5:00 Thursday, October 27 • Life Group study: “No More Perfect Moms,” 11:00, Room 154 Sunday, October 30 • Rock Solid, Kids Korner, 9:20 • Sunday Morning Life Groups, 10:00 • Fall Festival, 4:00 to 6:00, Gym and East Parking Lot Wednesday, November 2 • WACKY and SonShine Time, 3:30 to 5:00 Sunday, November 6 • Rock Solid, Kids Korner, 9:20 • Sunday Morning Life Groups, 10:00 • UMKF, Children’s Music, and Snack Supper, 4:30 to 6:00 Wednesday, November 9 • WACKY and SonShine Time, 3:30 to 5:00 • Pancake Supper, 4:45 to 6:00

SARCOA The Harbor UM Children’s Home (Settlement House) Wesley Manor Wheelchair Ramp Ministry Wiregrass Hope Group

Fall Festival We need candy donations for our Fall Festival (October 30, 4:00 to 6:00). Please drop off candy at Church Office or Children’s Ministry Office by Monday, October 24. If you plan to participate in Trunk or Treat, email Anne Katherine Phillips at We’re Hiring Nursery Caregivers Part time, must work well with small children. Contact Kymi Walker at 793-3555 or for details.

YOUTH Sunday, October 23 • Youth Music, Room 263, 4:00 to 5:00 • UMYF, Rooms 283, 284, 5:15 to 7:15 Tuesday, October 25 Join us in the Fellowship Hall at 7:00 for breakfast ($3). We will be serving biscuits, eggs, bacon, sausage, and cheese grits. Wednesday, October 26 • Jr. High Bible Study, 4:00 to 5:00 • Sr. High Bible Study, 7:00 to 8:00 We will send a text to let you know where we will meet for dinner. Sunday, October 30 Youth will usher in the 8:55 and 11:00 Sanctuary services. Text Whit, 714-1766, to let him know which service you will work. OLDER ADULTS Movie Day is Wednesday, October 26 at 2:30 in Room 154. “The Encounter” will be shown. Popcorn, soda, and snacks will be served. Bring your friends! Book Club meets Wednesday, November 9 at 3:30 in Room 154. The book is Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Senior Citizens Day at the National Peanut Festival, November 10 Admission is FREE. We will leave the CLC at 11:00, ride the bus to the fairgrounds, and return to the church around 3:00. Make reservations by Monday, November 7, by calling the church office at 793-3555 or emailing SEMINARY SUPPORT Last month, our church family gave $3,154 to help Stephan Margeson begin his seminary journey at Duke. Thanks for your generosity and support of future pastors in our Annual Conference! HOLY BAPTISM

TWEENS Go online for details and to register for all of our Tween programs. October 30 is fast approaching and we still need at least 8 more servant leaders to provide vehicles for Truck or Treat at our Fall Festival. Parents: To sign up for Wednesdays, Sundays, or for Trunk or Treat, please email Anne Katherine Phillips at or call 793-3555 ext 244.

Madison Quin Shaw • Born May 11, 2016. Daughter of Douglas and Katie Shaw. Grandparents are Steve and Julie Shaw. Great grands are Juleann and Sam Torrence.

First United Methodist Church Office Hours l Monday through Thursday 7:30 to 5:30 l Friday 7:30 to 11:30

Telephone Numbers l Main Office 793.3555 l Daycare and Preschool 793.2179 l Christian Life Center 712.9223

Annual Pumpkin Patch Open for Business: Monday-Saturday, 10-6; Sundays, 2-7. Preschool Teachers: Contact Whit at or 793-3555 to set up a time for your class to come for storytelling.

JOYS AND CONCERNS Recently hospitalized: • Brandt Helms, Kim Henderson, Rexine Lee Our sympathy to: • Mickey and Debi Breedlove due to the death of Mickey’s brother, Charles Breedlove, September 9. Happy Birthday to: • Elizabeth Allen; celebrated her 99th on October 10. CELEBRATING SERVANTS

Getting Ready for the

Respite Holiday Shop! We will be making COOKIE GIFT JARS for the holidays at Respite Care! We need your help with the ingredients! Items needed: Bags of Chocolate Chips, Sugar (Brown and White), Vanilla, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, and Salt. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Respite Care Ministry. A basket will be outside the Welcome Center to receive your donations. Many thanks to all of you. ~ Katie Holland

Bill Holland

United Methodist Women Saturday, November 5 • 6 to 10 Tickets are $5

Purchasing a ticket to this sale helps fund the mission projects supported by the FUMC unit of United Methodist Women. Tickets are $5 and are available from members of the UMW on Sundays and Wednesdays or from the Church Office. United Methodist Women’s Annual

Thank you so much for the countless effort and hours that you have spent behind the wheel of our great big church bus. You have kept us all safe and put up with all the craziness that happens during a youth bus trip. Your willingness and availability have been top notch and we've always felt like we were riding with family. You are a wonderful asset to the youth ministry, we love you, and the amount of joy you have brought our group is truly immeasurable. ~ Whit Heath, Director of Youth Ministry

Cornbread Dressing Sale Place your orders: Small $10, Large $20 Sunday, October 23 and 30 (Fellowship Hall or Welcome Center). Wednesday Fellowship Supper October 19 and 26 You can call the church office at 793-3555. Pick up and Pay November 9, 5:00 to 7:00 (Parlor) November 6 and 13, 9:45 to 12:15 (Parlor)

Fall Festival

Sunday, October 30th 4:00 -- 6:00 Trunk or Treat, Costumes Food Face Painting Inflatables, Outside Games, Gym Pumpkin Patch Open


Fellowship Supper Wednesday, October 26 Serving: 4:45 to 6:00 $7 Adults • $4 Children Barbecue Pork Sandwich, Baked Beans, French Fries, Coleslaw, Beverage, Banana-Coconut Cream Dessert. Sign up online, on Sunday in the Friendship Folder, or by calling the office at 793-3555 by 5:00 Tuesday.

Weekend Emergency Pastor on Call Telephone 334.796.9937 I Friday @ 11:30 a.m until Monday @ 7:30 a.m.


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Volume 6

Issue 42

Church Staff Pancake Supper November 9 • 4:45 to 6:00

To help purchase a new DIGITAL LED sign for the corner of West Main and North Park Thanks to the generosity of a church family, a $5 matching donation is being made (up to a certain amount) for each ticket sold.

First United Methodist Church

Wednesday, November 9th • 4:45 to 6:00 Fellowship Hall • $5

Church Staff Pancake Supper

Dothan, Alabama

Get your tickets online or from a member of the church staff.

Pancakes• Scrambled Eggs • Sausage • Juice • Coffee • Milk

WEEK AT A GLANCE Sunday, October 23rd 8:15 First Light Communion (Chapel) 8:55 The Gathering (Parlor) 8:55 Sanctuary Worship 8:55 The Bridge Worship (Fellowship Hall) 10:00-10:50 Life Groups for All Ages 11:00-12:00 Sanctuary Worship 4:00-5:00 Safe Haven Grief Group (Room 131) 4:30-5:30 Set Your House in Order (Room 158) 4:30-6:00 United Methodist Kids Fellowship (Room 208) 4:30-6:00 Tweens (Rooms 267) 5:15-7:15 United Methodist Youth Fellowship (Rooms 283, 284) 5:45-7:00 5th Grade Bible Study (Room 266, 267) 5:45-7:00 Confirmation (Room 261) Monday, October 24th 8:00-7:00 Gym Open 8:15-9:15 Step Aerobics (Gym) 9:00-11:30 In Christ’s Name (Room 134) 1:30-3:00 Fellowship Bible Study (Room 157) Tuesday, October 25th 8:00-7:00 Gym Open 7:00-8:00 Youth Breakfast (Fellowship Hall) 8:45-9:45 Senior Stretch and Strengthen (Gym) 10:00-11:30 Respite Ministry Caregiver Support Group (Room 154) 10:00-2:00 Respite Care (Room 165) 1:00-3:00 Joyful Hands Sewing (Room 152) 6:00-8:00 Church Party (Fellowship Hall)

Wednesday, October 26th 7:00-8:00 Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study (Shoney’s) 8:00-7:00 Gym Open 8:15-9:15 Step Aerobics (Gym) 2:30-4:30 Older Adult Movie Day (Rooms 152, 153, 154) 3:15-5:00 Tweens (Café Room 280) 3:30-5:00 WACKY (Rainbow Room) 3:30-5:00 SonShine Time (Walton Garden) 4:00-5:00 Jr. High Bible Study (283) 4:45-6”00 Fellowship Supper (Fellowship Hall) 5:30-6:45 Disciple: Fast Track (Room 165) 5:30-7:00 Sermon on the Mount Study (Room 157) 6:00-7:15 Chancel Choir (Room 255) 7:00-8:00 Sr. High Bible Study ( Room 284) 7:15-7:45 REVELATION (Room 255) Thursday, 8:00-7:00 8:45-9:45 10:00-2:00 11:00-12:30 12:00-1:30 12:00-1:00 4:00-6:00

October 27th Gym Open Senior Stretch and Strengthen (Gym) Respite Care (Room 165) No More Perfect Moms Bible Study (Room 154) Men’s Lunch and Bible Study (Room 157) Man Lunch with Wes (Local Restaurants) Block Party (Gym)

Friday, October 28th 8:00-5:00 Gym Open 8:15-9:15 Step Aerobics Class (Gym) Saturday, October 29th 9:00-12:00 Gym Open

1380 West Main l Dothan, AL 36301 l l 334.793.3555 l Dr. James B. Sanders, III; Senior Pastor

Connections for October 20, 2016